The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 are considered amongst the best jogging strollers for off-roading and tough terrain. If you can’t decide between the two strollers, here’s an honest breakdown of how they compare and which stroller is better for which purposes.
The main differences between the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 are that the Thule has a hand brake and a more sleek appearance but costs more. The BOB stroller has a better suspension system but is much bulkier.
- Choose the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 if: you want a more attractive stroller, run on hilly terrain so need the hand break, want one-handed folding, don’t mind that the seat doesn’t go fully upright, and have a higher budget. See it at Amazon or at REI.
- Choose the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 if: you go on some serious terrain, want a stroller with fully-upright seating, would rather the fabric folds inwards, and have a lower budget. See it at Amazon or at REI.
Also see my other picks for best off-road strollers.
|Thule Urban Glide 2.0||BOB Revolution Flex 3.0|
|Max Child Weight||49lbs||75lbs|
|Max Weight in Stroller||75lbs||75lbs|
|Lockable Front Wheel||Yes||Yes|
|Front Wheel Size||12"||12.5"|
|Back Wheel Size||16"||16"|
|Folded Size, wheels on||34.2"x27.2"x13.3"||38”x25”x16”|
|Folded Size, wheels off||34.2”x27.2”x13.3”||35”x20”x10”|
|Available At||Amazon, REI||Amazon, REI|
The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 both have amazing suspension systems which make it possible to go off-roading with your baby. The suspension systems absorb shock so your baby doesn’t suffer jolts. Likewise, less shock goes into the handlebar so your wrists won’t be killing you after strolling on bumpy terrain.
Of the two, the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 suspension system is better than the Thule Urban Glide 2.0. The BOB suspension is on all three wheels (and not just the back wheels like the Thule). You can also adjust the suspension system with the BOB stroller.
For people who mostly go on smooth roads or trails, the difference won’t matter too much. But, if you want to go hiking off-road with your baby, then the Revolution Flex 3.0 is the better choice.
As for handling, both strollers also have adjustable front wheel tracking. This prevents the stroller from veering to one side. You won’t really notice a difference in handling when walking. But, the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 is better for running at high speeds than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0.
The back foot brakes on the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 and Revolution Flex 3.0 are very similar. Both are flip-flop friendly and easy to engage/disengage. But here’s a major difference between the strollers: The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 has a hand break. The Revolution Flex 3.0 does not.
Do you really need a hand break? Maybe. A hand break is incredibly useful when going downhill because it allows you to slow down the stroller. If you aren’t going on hills often, then the hand break won’t be that useful.
Note: The Thule hand brake is in the middle of the handlebar. If you want to push the stroller with one hand, having the hand brake there could be annoying since it is slightly wider and doesn’t have foam cushioning like the rest of the handlebar. It probably won’t matter to most people though.
Of the two strollers, I like the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 better. It has a larger range of positions (34.5 to 48 inches) and goes in 9 positions. The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 has a position range of 35.5 to 44 inches. This is still adequate for short and tall people alike, but I like having those extra few inches – they especially come in handy when going uphill or downhill.
Note the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 has a curved handlebar. I personally don’t like this but some people might find it more ergonomic.
Dimensions and Storage
The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 is shorter but a bit wider than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0. This makes the Thule easier to maneuver but harder to get through tight spaces. Always check door and elevator pass-throughs before buying a stroller!
The Thule is slightly more compact when folded with the wheels on. However, the BOB stroller is more compact with the wheels off. Because of the way the Thule stroller folds, there isn’t much of a size difference when folded with the wheels on or off. If you don’t want to bother taking the wheels off, then the Thule is the better choice.
Removing the Wheels
It is incredibly easy to remove the back wheels from either stroller. They both have a quick-release feature. The Thule doesn’t have quick release on the front wheel, but you don’t actually need to remove it to put it in storage (the size difference is negligible).
You can see in the video below how easy it is to remove the BOB stroller wheels. Of course, they are nice and clean in the video — which will never be the case in real life. 🙂
One of the major differences between the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 is how they fold.
- The Urban Glide has one-handed folding, but folds with the fabric outwards.
- The Revolution stroller has two-handed folding, but folds with the fabric inwards.
This is a really difficult decision. One handed folding is really useful if you need to hold your baby in one hand while folding up the stroller. But, if your car trunk looks anything like mine (or you went jogging on muddy terrain), the stroller fabric will get messy if it folds outwards!
Personally, I prefer the BOB’s two-handed folding with fabric inwards. As great as one-handed folding is, jogging strollers are really heavy. You are probably going to need two hands to lift the stroller or put it away, so you will have to put your baby down anyway.
Below are videos showing how each of the strollers folds.
Unfortunately, neither strollers are truly self-standing. But the Urban Glide 2.0 kind of can stand up if you put the handlebar in the middle position. The BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 definitely won’t stand. Note that the newer BOB Alterrain strollers are self-standing. Read: BOB Alterrain vs. BOB Revolution Flex 3.0.
Comfort for Your Child
Compared to other jogging strollers, both the BOB and Thule strollers give a very comfortable ride. They both have one-handed recline that goes nearly flat and large canopies with UV 50 protection.
However, the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 beats the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 in terms of comfort. It has a wider seat with more cushioning. It also has more ventilation and the canopy can go down further – which means more wind, rain and sun protection.
Most importantly, the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 has fully-upright seating. The Thule does not. Not only is this more comfortable for older kids, but upright seating means you can use your stroller for feedings and simply hanging out.
Car Seat Compatibility
Both strollers have car seat adapters (sold separately) so you can use them from birth. The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 has a universal adapter so can be used with virtually any car seat. It also has specific adapters for Chicco and Nuna/Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seats.
Unfortunately, the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 can’t be used with all car seats. It is compatible with: BOB Gear, Britax, Chicco, Graco, Peg Perego, Cybex, Maxi-Cosi, and Nuna.
Both the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 and BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 can be used from birth with a car seat adapter (sold separately). The Thule also has a bassinet option.
You’ll be able to use the BOB seat from about 8 weeks for walking and from about 8 months for off-road/jogging. You will need to wait until your baby is 6-8 months to use the Thule seat.
As for upper age limit, you’ll be able to use the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 a bit longer. It has a higher weight limit of 75lbs and a wider seat. Note that the weight limit is for the entire stroller, including any gear you’ve got in the basket. The weight limit on the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 is also 75lbs, but the child weight limit is only 49lbs.
Appearance and Design
Of the two strollers, the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 has a sleeker, more attractive design. I personally like it much more than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0. It looks like it belongs on hiking trails whereas the Thule is stylish enough to fit in city settings. The Thule is also smaller than the BOB, so it handles better in tight spaces.
The BOB has 6 pockets: 1 zippered handlebar pocket, 1 zippered pocket behind the seat, two mesh pockets behind the seat and 2 pockets in the seat (snack pockets).
The Thule only has 3 pockets and they aren’t zippered: a mesh pocket behind the seat plus two mesh pockets in the seat (snack pockets).
Both strollers have large storage baskets, but the Thule basket has a cover. It closes with Velcro.
Both strollers have magnetic peek-a-boo windows. The window is larger on the BOB stroller though and you can see through it better. The Thule window has mesh over it which blocks the view.
The BOB has more reflective trim than the Thule, especially if you get the “Lunar” design. It practically glows when light hits it! Both strollers have wrist straps. The BOB wrist strap is adjustable though.
There are more accessories available for the Thule Urban Glide 2.0, including a bassinet, snack tray, organizer and bumper bar. The BOB also has some accessories, but not nearly as many.
I should note that the accessories for both strollers are EXPENSIVE. This is probably a situation where you’ll want to get generic brand universal accessories!
The Thule Urban Glide 2.0 is significantly more expensive than the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0. Basically, you are paying a premium price for a stroller which looks better and has a hand brake. BOB also has a newer stroller called the Alterrain Pro which has a hand brake. It costs about the same as the Urban Glide 2.0 and also has one-hand folding but a much better suspension system and upright seating.
The bottom line?
Get the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 if you:
- Need a more affordable stroller for off-roading
- Would rather the fabric folds inwards, even if it means two-handed folding
- Want the seat to go fully upright
- Have a big car trunk or don’t mind taking the wheels off to put in storage
Get the Thule Urban Glide 2.0 if you:
- Prefer a sleeker, more attractive stroller
- Need a hand brake
- Have a higher budget
- Don’t mind that the seat doesn’t go fully upright
- Want one-handed folding, even if this means the fabric will fold outwards